Draft bill to cap how much insurers can reclaim from police

The government plans to limit how much compensation businesses and their insurers can claim from the police following damages caused in a riot.

The government announced it would publish a draft form of the bill to reform the Riot (Damages) Act this year in the Queen’s speech.

Under the proposals, vehicle damage would be covered, but there would be a cap on payments to very large businesses. The bill would also establish a riot claims bureau.

The current law, which has not been changed since 1886, allows businesses to claim compensation from the police for any financial loss caused in a riot. The court of appeal ruled last month that this could include consequential loss, in addition to property, stock and business interruption.